I have a busy life at home. I homeschool. I have four children. I run a business, blog, social media, regular home and life stuff. I also enjoy keeping everything simple as much as possible. It was through bullet journaling that I found my planning peace. Today on the blog, I’m sharing with you my simple monthly planning method (that keeps me sane).

I was inspired by a group on Facebook called Minimalist Bullet Journals for this current setup. I took a few ideas from different people as well as from the original, simple setup recommended by the Bullet Journal author himself and mashed it into my own to make it work the best for me.

My current monthly plan setup

There are five steps I’m going to take you through. Obviously it’s not my actual planner as I had a kid scribble all over it, but you’ll get the idea.

A picture of my planner on the table.

Five steps for setting up my simple monthly calendar

Step one. Write down your month at the top of a new page.

Step two. List the beginning of the day and then number the days vertically down the page.

A picture of my planner on the table.

Step three. Write down repeating tasks or events. I use letters as my symbols.

Step four. Write in one off tasks or events.

Step five. Create a key for letters. I usually write that key below my calendar. (Note: this calendar setup is not in my usual planner, so it’s a much smaller space than mine. I have space to write my key below).

And that’s it! This is what’s been working for me for quite a few months now and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s probably not everyone’s jam, of course, but it’s always fun to try something new if you’re looking to experment, right?

Further reading? I enjoyed the book Eat that Frog for planning and procrastination tips as well as the Bullet Journal Method for simple planning (the method I use within my current planner setup in this blog).


PS if you’d like to get started on daily planning or step up your planning game, I created a free printable daily planner sheet for you that you can use. You can find it here. You can also find all of my printable planners in my shop HERE.A picture of my daily planner sheet.

Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!